Moisture content and fluctuating temperatures are one of the biggest challenges farmers face when it comes to safely storing their grains. In order to make sure stored grain doesn’t spoil during the warmer months, farmers must frequently analyze samples of their stored grain to make sure it’s able to handle the heat. The ideal temperature for storing grain and preventing mold and insect growth is anywhere between 25°F and 60°F, but these storage temperatures can be hard to maintain when outside temperatures are consistently over 80°F during the summer. Freshly harvested grain is particularly challenging to store because of its naturally higher moisture content and temperature. During storage, the grain changes both physically and chemically, and this warmer, wetter grain will respire in its storage bins, producing additional heat and moisture. Consequently, that additional heat and moisture generated during storage leads to hotspot development, mold growth, and mycotoxin development – all of which lead to grain spoilage.
Accurate measurement of moisture content can mean higher profits for businesses. We know this. You know this.
With the weather now warming up as we get closer to Summer – it’s important to regularly check your grain quality. Any small change in moisture can be costly.
As a process engineer in a highly competitive industry, it’s imperative you stay up to date with the latest technology and processes. You understand how a small change in your cost or performance structure makes a huge impact on your bottom line.
Dale Carnegie, whose book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, took its groundbreaking cues from such industrial giants as Henry Ford and Charles Schwab, some great educators in the laws of success. Instead of focusing on the specific manufacturing process, Carnegie’s lessons recognize that it’s the people who run the equipment that make a business successful. No matter what test instruments or state-of-the-art moisture meters you own, your attitude will ultimately determine the quality of your business, and product.
In search of new markets, we decided to join 276 exhibitors at the International Baking Institute Expo (IBIE) in Las Vegas to better understand how some of our products could meet the needs of bakers and their grain suppliers. With this in mind (and thoughts of delectable samples), we were eager to attend IBIE2013, known as the Baking Expo.
Accurate moisture tests are important in every component of the grain industry. From choosing seeds to plant, to the harvest, to storage and sale of dry goods. The more accurate the moisture measurement, the greater the yield and greater the profits. In addition to our most popular portable moisture meter, the KJT130, we’ll be displaying two grain moisture testers - new to the market at IBIE2013 this week. The PM650 and PM450 are specifically designed for grain and/or seed measurement, so we decided to devote a blog to some common questions potential grain moisture meter operators ask.
The International Baking Industry Expo, known simply as the Baking Expo markets itself as “North America’s largest, most comprehensive trade event of the year.” With 20,000 grain and flour professionals, baked goods manufacturers, packaging experts, and cupcake shop owners in attendance, we decided to jump into the mix (so to speak) this year October 6th- 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite being one of the most consumed foods on the planet, rice is a difficult crop to store, requiring carefully managed conditions and vigilant moisture testing.